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Color in Three-Dimensional Design Hardcover – Unabridged, September 12, 2003

ISBN-13: 063-9785505297 ISBN-10: 0071411704 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (September 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071411704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071411707
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,035,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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brings a certain logic to...creative use of[s] any designer better understand what color brings, working guide... (Kitchen & Bath Business 2004-02-01)

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The first true bridge between color theory and hands-on spatial design, Jeanne Kopacz’s unique Color in Three-Dimensional Design empowers you to resolve design challenges with the wonder-working -- yet cost-effective -- power of color. Written by a 25-year veteran architectural and interior design specialist, this personally and professionally enriching resource builds your design muscles and expertise with an innovative set of tools for creating color-driven solutions.

Color in Three-Dimensional Design shows you how color affects depth perception ... shadowing and light ... psychology ... and the experience of texture and material, and couples explanation with brilliant examples of achievements in color application. This dynamic, working guide helps you build your own skills at putting color to work. Plus, the resource offers numerous tips for advancing your career, including tools for improving initial designs and the latest criteria for client presentations that are effective and persuasive.

Illustrated -- of course in full color -- with more than 200 photographs and drawings showing the newest trends in spatial color applications, this exceptional resource vividly exemplifies color at work. Let Color in Three-Dimensional Design help you:
* Build analytical skills and technical savvy to resolve numerous design issues using color alone
* Apply a repertoire of cost-cutting color applications in real-world design
* Enlarge, contract, and enhance perceptions of space and sense of place
* Create better initial designs
* Get ideas from examples of 3D color in today's finest residences, commercial buildings, and public spaces
* Enhance your career with expert tips on modeling, presentations, client communication, and trends


No other resource offers this exceptional set of hands-on tools for mastering the use of color in spatial design. Only Color in Three-Dimensional Design provides an in-depth program of analytic and technical skill-building, plus an unmatched portfolio displaying the power of color in current design practice.

Featuring 200 plus full-color illustrations of structures from private homes to commercial buildings and public spaces, Color in Three-Dimensional Design explores all of color's facets, from associative elements and mechanics to psychology and color's impact on form and identity.

Written by highly respected architectural and interior design professional Jeanne Kopacz -- also an exceptional design instructor -- this resource helps you build an unbeatable set of analytic and problem-solving tools for meeting design challenges with cost-effective color solutions. Look inside for answers you can use right away to:
* Improve assessment skills and the ability to generate quick and effective design solutions
* Alter the "feel" of spaces with cost-effective uses of color
* Add elements of warmth or coolness, closeness or distance, mass or empty space
* Fix problems of too much or too little natural light
* Combine forms, textures, materials, and colors to achieve just the effect you want
* Test color schemes and improve client presentations
* Impart a sense of direction, a sense of belonging, or any ambience you choose
* Find answers in illustrations of some of the best color-in-space design solutions of recent years

Whether you are an architect, interior designer, industrial designer, or landscape architect, Color in Three-Dimensional Design can help you create solutions that work aesthetically—and stay within the client's budget. Featuring notable examples of successful 3D color design that illustrate every principle, this reference is truly the newest necessity for any professional who works with spatial environments.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Richmond on October 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Finally! I've been looking for a book like this for years.
As both an interior designer and architect, I'm concerned about how to use color for everything from bricks to wall coverings. The typical books I've found on color are either of the 'pretty picture' coffee table variety or are texts focusing on narrow aspects of the subject, such as the science of color or the environmental impact of color. "Color in Three-Dimensional Design" is the first book I've seen that puts it all together: history, theory, light, materials and impact. While there are numerous illustrations and photographs showing theory and real world examples, this is not a book that dictates color schemes. Rather, it is a book that gives both students and professionals the tools to use color effectively in a wide range of design projects.
Beyond its obvious use as a textbook for students of color, I'm sure that other design professionals will find it to be as invaluable a resource as I do.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan on January 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Color in Three- Dimensional Design by Jeanne Kopacz is a definitive and comprehensive book on color. There is no other reference book like it. Students to professionals, homeowners to artists, will find many usages for this book.
This book covers everything from Color Theory to three-dimensional perceptions to three dimensional applications. You will learn how artists, interior designers, and architects invoke emotions from the use of color. How the amount of color with texture and lighting can create different effects.
I highly recommend this book for novices and can't go wrong with this purchase. I wish I had this book when I was in school. I would have saved time in research and experimentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Halifax Creative User Group on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
While this book will primarily appeal to interior designers, it is a great resource for those interested in the play of color and color theory. Coverage of theory is extensive, including harmony and identity. Fully one third of this book is about theory.

The other two thirds of the book cover color three dimensional perception and application. For those who are decorating digital rooms, the application of color to the setting is the same as the real world, if the outcome is to replicate reality. How color interacts in the setting alone and with other colors is sometimes not readily thought of, but the impact of the tone, texture and color used creates the setting, more than the physical structure itself - note to those with small home offices in the basement.

Recommended as an introductory text for design and architecture or any class that deals with color, this book has a lot of photos of color at work, as well as illustrations on color maps and dialogue. Not a book to get your next project done by example, but rather shows you how to get to that end point.

A great resource for professional designers as well.
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I felt this book's information was way beyond me. Guess you have to be more advanced in color design than I am.
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